We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cross Keys Inn

££ - £££, British,
Front Street | Esh, Durham DH7 9QR, England
+44 191 373 1279
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (45 reviews)
“onion rings” (16 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Bar, British, Pub, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Front Street | Esh, Durham DH7 9QR, England
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (308)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

31 - 40 of 307 reviews

Reviewed 13 December 2016

Went here on Saturday as it was recommended to us for dinner. The table was booked earlier in the day for 7.30. We arrived at 7.25. And we're shown to our seat. We were asked what we would like to drink but no menus given....More

10  Thank isobelkirk
Paul Y, Owner at Cross Keys Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2016

I anticipated this and hence did my homework. Unbeknown to you Cctv is displayed throughout and I have studied the cameras to see exactly what happened as whilst I was present I wanted to be sure of my facts . Firstly you arrived at 7.35...More

Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We visited in a group of 4 for a birthday meal for my Mam, we all ordered different meals and we all loved them! I got the curry and asked for it to be extra spicy which they did no problem. Lovely staff who gave...More

Thank courtneymarisa
Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Bought the steak burger and wine deal from GroupOn. We ordered garlic mushrooms and king prawns to start both were absolutely beautiful!!! The mains then came and we're huge portions, a massive burger with home made chips! Would absolutely recommend this pub to anyone and...More

1  Thank Claire G
Reviewed 6 November 2016

the cross keys in is a very nice pub, with very attentive and friendly staff. The food was excellent, although the service could have been quicker, as we waited about 40 mins for our food but it was totally worth it. (The dog that is...More

Thank Chris W
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Staying at the honest lawyer hotel not far away and the food being over priced at the hotel we looked for a local pub with good food and found a real gem with the cross keys inn. We phoned and booked not knowing what to...More

Thank Helen M
Reviewed 30 October 2016

We booked a table after looking at other reviews,they were right. Great food,good beer,good service,family of 5 aged 9 to 82, we all said best meal out for a long time, reasonably priced as well. Make sure you leave room for one of their homemade...More

Thank sjsjmurphy
Reviewed 27 October 2016

My partner and I visited using a steak groupon deal. The manager/owner was friendly and even though it was early there was quite a few people already eating. We did have to wait sometime for our food to arrive and did notice that other people...More

Thank pc002d
Reviewed 26 October 2016

We ended up eating at the Cross Keys two weekends in a row after enjoying our first meal so much. The portions were generous and all the food was well cooked, presented and fresh. The following week we returned with guests and they were raving...More

2  Thank ALT-Molenaar
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Friendly Chef and staff .... food .......some good ......some not so good Nothing terrible ... but nothing to rave about either we enjoyed our night out ... Tuesday ... and it was VERY quiet hence the chef had more than enough time on his hands...More

Thank dickmanmrandrewd
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Good beer, good food and good company-what more could you want? Staff and atmosphere good. Reccomended.

Thank Q814HValanh
Nearby HotelsSee all 18 hotels in Durham
Ivesley Equestrian Centre
3 reviews
2.71 miles away
Premier Inn Durham North Hotel
811 reviews
4.36 miles away
Radisson Blu Hotel Durham
2,691 reviews
4.61 miles away
Premier Inn Durham City Centre
1,695 reviews
4.69 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Number 4
19 reviews
1.09 miles away
Travellers Rest
267 reviews
2.21 miles away
Ravello Ristorante
137 reviews
2.96 miles away
Village Spice
36 reviews
1.04 miles away
Nearby Attractions
381 reviews
.94 miles away
Kings Head
36 reviews
2.93 miles away
Potter's Tropical Village
8 reviews
2.36 miles away
Krazy Kingdom
46 reviews
4.68 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
2 September 2015|
Response from Paul Y | Property representative |
No we are 3 miles away from the centre
29 June 2015|
Response from Paul Y | Property representative |
We are open Tuesday through Sunday mike hope to see you soon
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$28
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Front Street | Esh, Durham DH7 9QR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +44 191 373 1279
  • E-mail
The cross keys provides friendly service and a range of food for everyone. While we provide traditional homemade British classics we also have a specials board which covers cuisine from around the world. Our desserts are eclectic and traditional
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing